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Bill Maher has new rule for Duck Dynasty-following Americans

Maher left his best statement for the last new rule: using the Duck Dynasty fiasco as his analogy for what Republicans have done to this country with smoke and mirrors, he had some advice.

“And finally, a resolution I have been asking America to make for a long time,” he said. “Be more cynical. Be less easily fooled. Case in point, all the people that are fans of these guys, heroes to all the rural heartland traditional values gun nuts out there. Except here is what we recently found out these guys really look like before they got their TV show, preppy assholes at the golf club wearing Tommy Bahama. That’s right. It is all an act, fat cats pretending to be just folks. And you fell for it. Take a hint, Tea Partiers. This is what the Republican Party is always doing to you.”


Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jan 22, 2014, 07:55 AM (8 replies)

Talk about closing the barn door after the horse got out - West Virgina to regulate chemicals?

So they destroyed the environment and now they want to protect it?

Legislation Proposed In WV To Regulate Chemicals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday proposed tighter regulations for chemical storage facilities after a spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people.

Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged passage of a chemical storage regulatory program. The bill aims to address shortcomings that allowed 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals to seep into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Freedom Industries, which owned the plant that leaked the chemicals, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.

Freedom Industries' safety flaws, including a last-resort containment wall filled with cracks, went largely undetected, because as a facility that neither manufactured chemicals, produced emissions, or stored chemicals underground, it was not subject to environmental regulations, state Department of Environmental Protection officials have said. The chemical that spilled also wasn't deemed hazardous enough for additional regulation.

The material flowed 1.5 miles downstream and made it into West Virginia American Water Company's water supply.

Below-ground tanks storing chemicals face environmental regulations, but ones above the surface fall into a regulatory loophole, officials have said. The department made several routine visits to the Charleston site between 2002 and 2012, but found no violations.


Additional bit of information in this article...
Read at the bottom of the article about the companies associated with this link and their link to the RNC.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 21, 2014, 01:35 PM (0 replies)

10 Famous Movie Misquotes

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jan 20, 2014, 07:53 AM (1 replies)

To Staples goes the spoils - Postal Service Privatization

The U.S. Postal Service is moving into Staples stores in another effort aimed at boosting business through partnerships with retail giants.

The new centers will be operated by outside employees, offering most postal products including stamps, mail services and package delivery.

USPS will be the exclusive mailing and shipping option at those Staples locations.

Earlier this month, the agency announced it would deliver packages on Sundays for Amazon, one of the world’s largest online retailers.

The agreement with Staples is part of the USPS’s “retail partner expansion program.” The first openings will take place in just five regions: San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Worchester, Mass., where the company is headquartered, according to Going Postal.


Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Jan 19, 2014, 10:13 AM (1 replies)

Gas Mask: Is this how we will have to live in the future?

Dangerous giant smog cloud chokes Beijing

I know, it's China again, but with the deniers of climate change, is the whole world headed for this type of atmosphere?

Air pollution readings spiked across China's capital Beijing on Thursday, prompting residents to don air masks and offices and homes to put electric air purifiers on overdrive.

Commuters across Beijing found themselves cloaked in a thick, gray haze as air pollution monitors across the city registered readings over 20 times the recommended exposure levels suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau readings Thursday for PM 2.5 – air particulate smaller than 2.5 microns blamed for a range of severe respiratory ailments – registered over 500 micrograms per cubic meter. The WHO recommends no more than 25 micrograms per cubic meter.


I flew into Beijing once, when you couldn't see the terminal until the plane pulled up to the gate. The hotel where I was staying, you couldn't see the buildings across the street. The air was a weird color of green and it burned your eyes to be outside for very long.
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Jan 16, 2014, 07:47 AM (5 replies)

Ari Fleischer: How to Fight Income Inequality: Get Married

These opinions are solely Ari Fleischer's and not those of the above DU member.

In an attack on The President, the Mayor of New York and a Massachusetts Senator and on women.

"Marriage inequality" should be at the center of any discussion of why some Americans prosper and others don't. According to Census Bureau information analyzed by the Beverly LaHaye Institute, among families headed by two married parents in 2012, just 7.5% lived in poverty. By contrast, when families are headed by a single mother the poverty level jumps to 33.9%.

And the number of children raised in female-headed families is growing throughout America. A 2012 study by the Heritage Foundation found that 28.6% of children born to a white mother were out of wedlock. For Hispanics, the figure was 52.5% and for African-Americans 72.3%. In 1964, when the war on poverty began, almost everyone was born in a family with two married parents: only 7% were not.

Rather than focusing on initiatives that might address this issue, President Obama, as well as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, believe that the income gap can be closed by increasing taxes on the better-off and transferring the money to the poor.

Good luck with that. The tax code is already extremely progressive, as a December study by the Congressional Budget Office makes clear, yet poverty remains a significant problem. According to CBO, the top 40% of wage earners, those who make more than $51,100 a year, paid 86.4% of all federal taxes in 2010, the most recent data available. The bottom 40% of earners paid just 4.2% of all taxes. The top 40% paid virtually all of the income tax collected, while the bottom 40% paid a negative 9.1% of all income taxes. Paying "negative" taxes is possible because of the earned-income tax credit and other public-assistance measures that give the bottom 40% refunds for taxes they didn't pay.

Given how deep the problem of poverty is, taking even more money from one citizen and handing it to another will only diminish one while doing very little to help the other. A better and more compassionate policy to fight income inequality would be helping the poor realize that the most important decision they can make is to stay in school, get married and have children—in that order.


I would bet that the only degree women should be working for in school is their MRS degree.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 14, 2014, 10:39 AM (5 replies)

One persons solution to climate change...

Turn off all the outdoor lighting

On the comments section of a New York Times article about rising sea levels:

MD Cooks
West of the Hudson 5 hours ago
I have several questions concerning global warming and how it is being studied and measured:
1. When temperatures are being recorded and documented, are they taken every hour ?
2. If the answer to the above question is yes, how long or how many years has this practiced been put into place?
3. If the answer to the first question is true, has there been a significant change in temperatures at night from the early 1900's?
4. If the answer to the above question is yes, than can it be assumed that one factor in the increase of night temperatures rising are due to the increase in the number of exterior lighting staying lit from dusk until dawn?

I ask these questions for practical reasons since if you fly across the US at night when it is not cloudy, the earth from that point of view almost looks like smokeless fires burning on the ground, so the heat being dissipated from all these lights must have some impact on ambient air temperatures.
5. If the above is then true, if by reducing how long and why a majority of the portion of these lights are on , shouldn't there be a decrease in ambient air temperatures.

Just a thought...

Article here, just click on the comments to see some of this lunacy


It would help if I added the link, wouldn't it! Doh!
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 14, 2014, 07:45 AM (7 replies)

Another theater shooting

It's Tampa Florida this time:

Ex-Fla. cop accused in fatal shooting over texting

Authorities in Florida say a retired police captain killed a man in a movie theater who wouldn't stop texting with his 3-year-old daughter.

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater Monday triggered a retired Tampa police captain to fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him, as about 25 horrified moviegoers looked on, sheriff's officials said.

"Somebody throws popcorn. I'm not sure who threw the popcorn," said Charles Cummings, who, as a birthday treat, was about to watch the movie "Lone Survivor" at The Grove 16 Theater.

"And then bang, he was shot."

Curtis Reeves, 71, has been charged with second-degree murder and it's not immediately clear whether he has retained an attorney.

Pasco County Sheriff's officials said the shooting happened when Reeves asked 43-year-old Chad Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half hour north of downtown Tampa.


NRA says, the answer is to pass out guns to all theater patrons

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jan 13, 2014, 08:45 PM (1 replies)

20/20 to cover the Maryville MO rape incident

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Jan 10, 2014, 10:39 PM (1 replies)

This will make you want to pick up your pet's poop

Saw this on Facebook

On Edit: Disclaimer I am not condoning the transport of biological matter through the mail.
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Jan 10, 2014, 09:44 PM (15 replies)
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